|Numéro de publication||US8105169 B2|
|Type de publication||Octroi|
|Numéro de demande||US 10/573,533|
|Date de publication||31 janv. 2012|
|Date de dépôt||17 sept. 2004|
|Date de priorité||26 sept. 2003|
|État de paiement des frais||Payé|
|Autre référence de publication||CA2539615A1, CA2539615C, CN1868244A, CN1868244B, CN102176190A, EP1672973A1, EP1672973A4, EP1672973B1, US8672767, US9207718, US20070202956, US20120087073, US20140139988, US20160070308, US20170128845, WO2005032228A1|
|Numéro de publication||10573533, 573533, PCT/2004/13689, PCT/JP/2004/013689, PCT/JP/2004/13689, PCT/JP/4/013689, PCT/JP/4/13689, PCT/JP2004/013689, PCT/JP2004/13689, PCT/JP2004013689, PCT/JP200413689, PCT/JP4/013689, PCT/JP4/13689, PCT/JP4013689, PCT/JP413689, US 8105169 B2, US 8105169B2, US-B2-8105169, US8105169 B2, US8105169B2|
|Inventeurs||Shinichi Ogasawara, Masayasu Ito, Hajime Ishihara, Nobutoshi Hamada, Shuuichi Miyazaki|
|Cessionnaire d'origine||Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.|
|Exporter la citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Citations de brevets (34), Citations hors brevets (17), Référencé par (23), Classifications (23), Événements juridiques (4)|
|Liens externes: USPTO, Cession USPTO, Espacenet|
This application is a National Phase Application of International Application PCT/JP2004/013689 filed on Sep. 17, 2004, now International Publication WO 2005/032228, and claims priority from Japanese Application Numbers 2003-334670 filed Sep. 26, 2003 and 2004-140426 filed May 10, 2004, the contents of which are herein wholly incorporated by reference.
The present invention relates to a structure of a portable electronic device, and in particular, to a structure for improving the operability of the portable electronic device.
Recently various types of gaming products have been developed and they occupy a high position in entertainment field. In particular, portable gaming devices become popular recently and a user can enjoy playing games with the device anywhere.
Various types of portable electronic devices such as portable gaming devices and personal digital assistances (PDAs) are developed. Many of them have a casing taking shape similar to a rectangular solid. When a user plays a game with the portable electronic device, it is difficult for the user to grip the casing, and low operability of the device reduces interest in the game. There is another problem that the user's hands become fatigued easily when the user grips the casing of rectangular shape for a long time.
It is a general purpose of the invention to provide a portable electronic device having an easy-to-operate shape by a user.
One embodiment of the present invention relates to a portable electronic device comprising a horizontally long casing, both ends of which are capable of being gripped by a user's both hands, respectively, and a display unit fit into the casing, wherein outwardly projecting bulges are respectively formed at both sides of the rear face of the casing where fingers of the user gripping the casing placed.
According to the embodiment, since the fingers and a palm of a user are naturally flexed to fit to the dome-like bulges on the rear face of the casing, it is easy to grip the portable electronic device. And the operability is hard to be degraded even if the portable electronic device is vibrated strongly while a game is being played with the device. In addition, the portable electronic device fits comfortably in the user's hands. Therefore, even if the user grips the portable electronic device for a long time, the user feels hardly tired.
The casing of the portable electric device may be a resin molded part. The resin molded part comprises a transparent window through which the display unit can be viewed and a frame other than the transparent window. The transparent window is made of a first transparent resin. The frame is made from a second colored resin. The first resin and the second resin are preferably molded in a unified fashion by two-color molding. As such, by molding the transparent window and the frame in a unified fashion, strength of the casing may be ensured.
The first resin may be molded to cover whole surface of the frame in the resin molded part of the casing. Thus, uniform surface without a joint, a step, or a gap on the surface of the casing may be formed, which adds to the beauty.
The portable electronic device may comprise a speaker within the casing. A through hole may be formed at the bottom face of the casing for emitting sounds generated from the speaker. The through hole may be formed with an angle toward the front face of the casing. Thus, sounds are emitted toward the face of the user gripping the portable electronic device.
The portable electronic device may comprise a second through hole formed in the front face of the casing, and a duct formed inside the casing for directing sounds generated from the speaker to the second through hole. Thus, the user feels such that sounds are output from the front face of the casing. So, high realistic feeling is realized.
Any combination of elements stated above is also effective as one embodiment of the present invention.
According to the embodiments, the operability of a portable electronic device may be improved because of bulges are provided on a back face of a casing of the device.
As shown in
The transparent window 102 is made of transparent resin material for protecting the LCD 12 and for enabling the LCD 12 being viewed through the window. The frame 104 is made of a colored resin material to conceal the circuit board from view. The transparent window 102 and the frame 104 are molded in a unified manner by two-color molding technology, which molds two resins of different colors or materials at the same time. More specifically, after injecting a colored resin material for forming the frame 104 into a mold form, a transparent resin material for forming the transparent window 102 is also injected into the mold form. At that time, the transparent material is molded to cover not only the transparent window 102 but the whole surface of the frame 104 (that is, the surface viewed by the user gripping the portable electronic device 100) except for the button holes like a thin film. Thus, uniform surface without a joint, a step, or a gap between the transparent window 102 and the frame 104 is formed, adding to the beauty and improving the visibility of the LCD 12 through the transparent window 102.
Regions of the frame 104 situated above and below the transparent window 102 (that is, a decorative area 16 and a button area 50), is very narrow as shown in
As the resin materials, polycarbonate resin with shock resistance and transparency is preferable, but other resin such as acrylic may be employed. The transparent window and the frame may be molded in different resin materials from each other.
In the left-hand area 48L, an arrow key 20 mainly for inputting a direction instruction and an analog device 22 mainly for analog input of the direction instruction are provided. The detailed structures and functions thereof will be described below. Indicators 32 and 34 are also provided in the left-hand area 48L. The indicator 32 lights up during access to a removable recording medium, and the indicator 24 lights up during wireless LAN (WLAN) communication.
The analog device 22 is located on the device closer to the user than the arrow key 20. The horizontal center of the analog device 22 is located closer toward the center line of the casing 10 than the horizontal center of the arrow key 20. The reason for this arrangement is as follows. When the left thumb of the user moves between the arrow key 20 and the analog device 22, the user pivotally moves his thumb with his palm on the lower left corner of the casing 10 as a supporting point. And the user tilts the center of the analog device 22 for operation. Therefore, the operation is facilitated when the analog device 22 is positioned closer to the center of the casing 10.
In the right-hand area 48R, buttons 30 a, 30 b, 30 c and 30 d (hereinafter, also collectively referred to as “button keys 30”) are provided mainly for inputting a unique instruction. A structure and functions of the button keys 30 will be described below. Additionally, indicators 36 and 40 are provided in the right-hand area 48R. The indicator 36 lights up when the portable electronic device 100 is ON. The indicator 40 lights when the portable electronic device 100 is in a hold status where every key of the portable electronic device 100 is invalid.
As shown in
The center of the arrow key 20 and the center of the button keys 30 are preferably located at the same distance from the center line 14 of the casing 10 in the horizontal direction. Each distance between pressed faces 20 a, 20 b, 20 c and 20 d on a disk-like key top of the arrow key 20 is preferably set smaller than that between the buttons 30 a, 30 b, 30 c and 30 d. The reason for this arrangement is as follows. Since the arrow key 20 is mainly used to direct the vertical and horizontal movements, the user often keeps operating the arrow key 20. Therefore, it is preferable to set the distances between the pressed faces 20 a, 20 b, 20 c and 20 d of the key top so that the user can operate the arrow key 20 without taking his thumb off the pressed faces of the arrow key 20. On the other hand, the button keys 30 are often used to give different instructions by respective buttons 30 a, 30 b, 30 c and 30 d. Therefore, it is easier for the user to operate taking his thumb off the button keys 30. Hence it is preferable that the buttons 30 a, 30 b, 30 c and 30 d are located with a certain distance so as to avoid pressing unintended button with a tip of the thumb when the user places his/her thumb on one button.
At both ends of the transparent window 102 of the upper part 10 a, a front-face through hole 28L is provided in the left-hand area 48L, and a front-face through hole 28R is provided in the right-hand area 48R.
The button area 50 is located in the vicinity of an outer edge of the upper part 10 a of the casing 10 on the side closer to the user holding the portable electronic device 100. In the button area 50, buttons 52 to 64 are located other than the arrow key 20, analog device 22 and button keys 30. Preferably, the button area 50 is constituted so as to be visually distinct from the left-hand area 49L and the right-hand area 48R. In this embodiment, the button area 50 is formed in a horizontally extending elongated hill-like shape. The button area 50 is elevated above the level of the plane formed by the left-hand area 48L, the right-hand area 48R and the LCD 12. In the vicinity of the top of the hill, various buttons 52 to 64 are provided. With this arrangement, the user can visually distinguish the buttons to be operated during gameplay or an application operation from the other buttons. Furthermore, since the button area 50 is elevated, the user can be tactilely aware of the arrangement of the buttons 52 to 64. The elevated shape of the button area 50 also serves to protect the LCD 12.
The structure of the button area 50 is not limited to the above-described structure. Any structure may be employed as long as the height of the button area 50 differs from the height of the left-hand area 48L and the right-hand area 48R. Herein, the “height” means a height based on a horizontal plane, on which the casing 10 is placed so that the upper part 10 a is oriented upward. For example, an elongated step having a trapezoidal or rectangular cross section may be provided to arrange the various buttons 52 to 64 thereon. Alternatively, walls having the height equal to or greater than height of top of the buttons 52 to 64 may be provided above and below the buttons 52 to 64 arranged on the same plane with the left-hand area 48L, the right-hand area 48R and the LCD 12. With these walls, the buttons 52 to 64 are not easily pressed down by the user's hands operating the arrow key 20 or the button keys 30.
It is preferable that the buttons 52 to 64 (also referred to as “sub operation buttons”) arranged in the button area 50 are not frequently used for gameplay or a main operation of the other applications, and therefore the buttons 52 to 64 are not required to be frequently pressed. Specifically, a home button 52 is used to go 12 back to a main screen. A volume buttons 54, 56 serve to decrease/increase the volume of a sound reproduced through a speaker or a headphone, respectively. A display button 58 turns ON/OFF a backlight of the LCD 12. A sound button 60 turns ON/OFF a sound output. A select button 62 serves for selecting one item from items displayed on the LCD 12. A start button 64 mainly serves to start a game when a game program is being executed.
In a conventional portable electronic device or game controller, buttons stated above are not provided on the plane different from the plane with the arrow key or the button keys as this embodiment, but provided below the arrow key or the button keys, for example. With such conventional arrangement, when the user operates the arrow key or the button keys, the finger of the user carelessly touches such buttons, sometimes leading to an erroneous operation on the other hand, according to this embodiment, since the various buttons are arranged on the plane distant from the arrow key or the button keys, erroneous operations are reduced.
Notches 86L and 86R are also formed on the lower left corner and the lower right corner of the upper part 10 a of the casing 10 as on the upper left corner and the upper right corner. Below the notches 86L, grip parts 87L are provided. A hole 24 is formed in the grip part 87L to allow a strap (not shown) or the like to be passed therethrough and tied.
When the portable electronic device 100 according to this embodiment is used, the forefingers are placed on the top side face of the casing 10 so that the left thumb is placed above the arrow key 20 or the analog device 22 and the right thumb is placed above the button keys 30, as described with reference to
An L-button 46L and an R-button 46R (hereinafter, also collectively referred to as “LR-buttons 46”) are buttons respectively operated by the left forefinger or left middle finger and the right forefinger or right middle finger of the user. The LR-buttons 46 are preferably used for giving a special instruction that cannot be commanded only with the arrow key 20 or the button keys 30. For examples when a game screen is displayed on the LCD 12, the LR-button 46 may be operated for a special action of a character in the game (for example, a fighting stance or a squatting position), firing a special weapon and the like.
By providing the dome-like bulges 42 for grip on the rear face of the casing 10, the fingertip of the user is unlikely to touch the lid 44 of the small disk drive unit, preventing a large force from being applied to the disk drive unit. Furthermore, the dome-like bulges 42 are provided on both ends of the rear face of the casing 10. Therefore, even if the portable electronic device 100 is placed on a plane, the lid 44 of the small disk drive unit does not come into contact with the plane. Further, since the impact to the small disk drive unit become smaller, stable operation of the disk drive unit is ensured, leading to decrease read errors.
As can be seen from
In the intermediate part 10 b of the casing 10, an input terminal 70 for an external device and attachment holes 74 for fixing the external device to the casing 10 are provided. Using the input terminal 70 for connection with the external device, the portable electronic device 100 can be used as an input device for a personal computer or the like in place of a key board or a mouse, for example. Connection with the external device will be further described later in detail. A switch 76 for opening the cover of the small disk drive unit and an infrared port 88 for infrared communication module are also provided in the intermediate part 10 b.
The user's middle finger, ring finger and little finger, or ring finger and little finger are put on the rear face of the casing 10 while being slightly flexed to support the weight of the portable electronic device 100. As described above, the dome-like bulges 42 are provided at both ends of the rear face of the casing 10 so as to fit to the curve of the user's fingers. For example, the dome-like bulges 42 are made of a plastic material. A slip-resistant material such as a rubber or a metal material for texture may be used. Each of the dome-like bulges 42 has a smooth arc cross section as shown in
The portable electronic device 100 has a plurality of functions. As an example, the portable electronic device 100 functions as a game machine. The user inserts a disk storing a game program therein onto the small disk drive unit 186 provided on the rear face of the casing 10 to play a game. More specifically, when the power switch 94 is turned ON after loading the disk, the game program is read out from the small disk to display a start screen on the LCD 12. When the start button 64 is pressed in this state, the game starts. When the user operates the arrow key 20, the analog device 22, or the button keys 30 to select menu items or to operate a character displayed on the screen, the input signal is transmitted to a central processing unit 180. The central processing unit 180 makes the game progress in accordance with the input signals and the game program.
In another example, the portable electronic device 100 also functions as a music player. The user loads a disk storing music data therein onto the small disk drive unit 186 or inserts a removable recording medium into the slot 92 to listen to recorded music. In this case, the user uses the arrow key 20 or the analog device 22 to select a title of the song from the titles displayed on the LCD 12 which the user would like to listen to. The selected music data is converted into analog sounds by a sound processing unit 184 to be output from speakers 28 or a headphone 144.
The functions of the portable electronic device 100 are not limited thereto. The portable electronic device 100 may have functions such as an address list, a schedule, a memo pad, an E-mail communication, and the like as is the case of a conventional personal digital assistant (PDA).
The overall configuration of the portable electronic device 100 according to this embodiment has been described above. Next, the configuration and the function of each main component will be described in detail.
1. Arrow Key
The arrow key 20 gives a discrete direction instruction for eight directions, that is, up, down, right and left, plus four directions between them. As shown in
2. Analog Device
The analog device 22 is used to continuously give a direction instruction in 360 degrees. The analog device 22 includes a hole 22 a formed in the front face of the casing 10, an operation pad 22 b, and detection means (not shown). The operation pad 22 b passes through the hole 22 a and is constructed to be longitudinally and horizontally movable in the hole 22 a. The operation pad 22 b is made of, for example, a rubber. The detection means converts the amount of movement and the direction of movement of the operation pad 22 b into an electric signal.
The operation pad 22 b of the analog device 22 is biased toward the center of the hole 22 a by a spring or the like. When the user does not operate the operation pad 22 b, the operation pad 22 b is positioned in the center of the hole 22 a. In operation, the user can tilt the operation pad 22 b in 360 degrees. Since the stroke of the tilting is set to about 2 mm, the user can tilt the operation pad 22 b for minute input to great input.
With such a structure, the portable electronic device 100 according to the embodiment can realize the game controller with same functions as those of a so-called “joystick” and have high operability in spite of its small size.
The input transmitted by the detection means as an electronic signal is converted into a digital signal by an analog/digital converter provided on the circuit board (not shown), which is then transmitted to the central processing unit 180. The central processing unit 180 performs a computation based on the program to display images on the LCD 12 in accordance with the user's input.
The input from the arrow key 20 and the input from the analog device 22 may be easily switched by the software process. Alternatively, an analog switch for switching the input between the arrow key 20 and the analog device 22 may be provided on the portable electronic device 100,
3. Button Key.
As shown in
Each button key is arranged with predetermined spacing between the button keys so as to be placed at the four apexes of the square, as shown in
Recent video games require complicated operation. So, operation means sometimes would be short only with the arrow key and the button keys. Therefore, many controllers provide the L-button and R-button so as to increase the number of operation means. In the portable electronic device 100 according to this embodiment, the LR-buttons 46 are provided on the top side face of the intermediate part 10 b of the casing 10 as shown in
By the way, when a game creator conceives the game contents, he/she must take the operability of a controller into account. In this sense, the functions of the controller and the game contents are in close relation with each other. In other words, the game contents are often restricted by the functions or the operability of the controller. The portable electronic device according to this embodiment has the operation buttons including the arrow key, the analog device, the button keys, and the LR-buttons, which are equivalent to or superior to the functions of the controller of a stay-at-home type game machine although its size is compact. Since a conventional portable game machine is not equipped with various operation buttons, the feasible game contents are restricted or a game program is required to be changed when some stay-at-home type game is ported to the portable game machine. In the portable electronic device according to this embodiment, however, such problems do not arise. Thus, the sphere of creation by game creators can be expanded.
Operating means such as the arrow key, the button keys, or the LR-keys function as man-machine interface between the user and the portable electronic device, which is very important for the user during a game play. In other words, the operability of the casing or the functionality of the operating means of the portable electronic device is very linked to easy-to-play gaming and the fun of gaming. According to the embodiment, the portable electronic device can be provided having high operability and high extensibility in spite of its size capable of being gripped by both hands of the user.
The portable electronic device 100 can output sounds from the front-face through holes 28L, 28R on the front face of the casing 10 and from the bottom-face through holes 26L, 26R on the bottom face of the casing 10.
As shown in
As shown in
Since sounds are emitted to two different directions from four through holes on the front face and the bottom face of the casing 10, the realistic feeling may be improved. By these four through holes, sounds with surrounding effect may be output from the portable electronic device 100.
7. Input Terminal and Power Terminal
As mentioned above, the input terminal 70 for external device and attachment holes 74 for fixing the external device to the casing 10. The portable electronic device 100 according to the embodiment may be used instead of, for example, an existing keyboard or a mouse as inputting device to a personal computer or so by using the input terminal 70 to be connected to the external device.
In some cases, the input terminal 70 cannot supply power to the external device from the portable electronic device 100. When external device such as a camera is attached to the portable electronic device 100 for receiving data input from the external device, power terminals 72 may be provided on either side of the input terminal 70 for supplying power to the external device from the portable electronic device 100.
The external device may include a camera unit or a GPS unit. With a camera unit, the portable electronic device 100 may be used as general digital camera. In addition, the portable electronic device 100 may be used as a game screen by displaying the face of the user gripping the portable electronic device 100 on the LCD 12. Further, the portable electronic device 100 may be used for recognizing the user's bodily movement shot by the camera as game input. With the GPS unit, the portable electronic device 100 may be used as handheld-type GPS locator for providing location guidance or record of user's movement history to the user. In addition, a keyboard or a cellular phone module can be connected to the input terminal 70.
The LCD 210 is positioned in central part of the portable information device 200 for displaying game images or movie contents. Display of LCD 210 is adjusted with predetermined luminance and color tone such that the user can view the displayed contents through the front cover 260 described later. The small stick 212 can be slanted for any direction of 360-degree, which realizes joystick function with its compact body. The slanted degree of the small stick 212 is acquired as input strength in analog manner. The analog/digital selecting switch 214 is a switch for the user to select analog or digital input from the small stick 212 in accordance with a need for the operation of a game or so. The main buttons 216 are buttons printed with circle, triangle, square and cross, respectively, each having a certain function. The main buttons 216 are disposed at a position of top, bottom, right and left part of a same circle, respectively. The small stick 212 and the main buttons 216 are used for operating a game character, for example.
The LCD 210 and built-in parts such as a CPU (not shown) are mounted on a center board 250. Outer rim of the center board 250 protrudes from the casing defined with the front cover 260 and a back cover 270 described later. Since the center board 250 is made of material having certain hardness such as metal, bending stiffness of the casing may be increased.
The front cover 260 is put on the front side of the center board 250 and covers built-in parts on the center board 150. The front cover 260 is made of material with predetermined transparency and a color, for example a resin such as polycarbonate. The front cover 260 is molded in a unified manner. With polycarbonate having a protection effect against ultraviolet rays, the center board 250 and the built-in parts may be protected against direct light or so when the portable information device is used in the open air. The front cover 260 made of such a resin has a predetermined color and transparency. Therefore, the user can view displayed contents on the LCD 210 with luminance adjusted described above through the front cover 260. Thus, no transparent window needs to be formed in the casing as a conventional portable information device. Therefore, since unity of the front cover is realized, the device may provide novelty impression to the user. The front cover 260 may be cast from metal such as aluminum. In this case, the shape of the front cover needs to be appropriately changed for ensuring the visibility of the LCD 210.
The portable information device 200 is gripped with both hands or one hand by the user. The shape of the portable information device 200 is configured such that a forefinger of the user is placed on a top face and a thumb of the user is placed on a front face.
On the front cover 260, substantially circular left recess 280 is provided with the small stick 212 as its center. Inside the circumference of the circle where circle, triangle, square and cross printed main buttons 216 are positioned, the right recess 282 is provided. Peripheral areas around the left recess 280 and the right recess 282 have predetermined size such that a user can hang the tip of his/her thumb on the fringe of the recess. Since the user can grip the casing with his/her thumb hanging on the left recess 280 and the right recess 282, the user can hold the portable information device stably and operate the device easily. In addition, even if the user takes his/her thumb off the joy stick when operating the small stick 212, the user can hang the thumb on the recess at once to hold the portable information device 200. So, the recess has an advantage to prevent falling of the device.
Further, since the main buttons 216 are arranged at the peripheral area around the right recess 282, the user's thumb for operating the main buttons is received in the recess naturally. Thus, the portable information device 200 is easily held with the thumb hanging the recess, increasing holding stability of the device.
The left recess 280 and the right recess 282 are arranged at symmetric position in the front face of the casing as shown. The user can grip the portable information device more naturally with the recesses. In addition, the front cover 260 has a gentle curve slanted to both right and left ends of the casing such that the whole casing comprises substantially spindle shape as shown. The left recess 280 and the right recess 282 are placed on a left slope and a right slope, respectively. With such arrangement, when the user's thumb is received in the recess, pushing power of the thumb directs to the center of the casing. Thus, the user can hold the portable information device 200 more stably.
Into the disk cartridge slot 220, a disk cartridge storing game software, movie contents, or music contents or is inserted. The group of media reproduction buttons 222 is provided in a part surrounded in broken line in
The back cover 270 is put on the back side of the center board 250. The back cover 270 and the front cover 260 define the casing of the portable information device 200. The back cover 270 is also made of resin or metal same with the front cover 260. However, it is preferable that the back cover 270 is made of material having a certain frictional resistance. By employing material with raising fabric on its surface or with such finishing on its surface for example, friction is made between user's hand and the material. With such material, gripping feeling is increased. Such material functions as antislip when the portable information device 200 is gripped by hands, enabling stable holding. In another example, the back cover 270 may be made of leather or rubber, for example.
The battery 232 supplies power for drive the portable information device 200. The battery 232 is configured to be detachable from the portable information device 200. The user charges the battery by a battery charger (not shown). In another example, the battery 232 is fixed to the portable information device 200. In this case, the battery may be charged by the AC adapter (not shown) through the AC adapter jack insertion slot 240 described later. The transparent member 234 is provided such that the user can view the operating state of the disk cartridge by the user. Thus, the user can view the rotation of the disk cartridge loaded in the disk cartridge slot 220 described in
The present invention has been described based on some embodiments. Such description is for illustrative purposes only. Thus, those skilled in the art would understand that various variations may be made in combinations with the components and such variations are within the scope of the present invention. An arbitrary combination of the components described in the embodiments is also effective as an embodiment of the present invention.
While the portable electric device or the portable information device have been described in the embodiment, the structure or the arrangement of the buttons according to the invention may be also applicable to a controller for a stay-at-home type game machine.
According to the present invention, the operability of a portable electronic device may be improved.
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